Saturday, October 22, 2011

Food for Thought - 3

Today's food for thought...

"Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little since I do them with your power; and little things as though they were great since I do them in your name."
BLAISE PASCAL, French mathematician/philosopher (1623–1662)
Bjorklund, Kurt (2011-08-16). Prayers for Today Sampler: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer (Kindle Locations 365-368). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

"Lord,"

Dictionary.com defines Lord as a person who has authority, control, or power over others.  When we start out a prayer with, Lord, we are confessing that He is in charge.  Do we really mean that when we say it?  How many times have I prayed and confessed Him as Lord, only to try to take control back after the close of my prayer?  Is He really Lord of our lives?  Have we committed everything we are and have to Him?  We need to remember that He is the sovereign One and we are His servants.  The servant does what the Master asks.  Sometimes I do what He asks, but only after I have argued with Him about it.  That is not the role of a servant.  A servant is not greater than his Master.  Everything I do needs to be for His honor and glory.  Only when He is truly Lord of my life will I be OK with God getting all the glory.

"help me to do great things as though they were little since I do them with your power;"

I do not know about you, but I like to be in control.  Most tasks I would rather do myself, without any help.  But I have learned (and continue learning) that I do need help.  The larger the task, the more help I need.  As we have left the comforts of America to live in Ukraine, this is a great task that is much larger than what I can do alone.  I need the power of God to help me adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, and have my light shine for Him.  The task is made easier knowing that God is on my side.  Without Him, I can do nothing.  I am grateful for the power from God to help me live for Him and to do what He has called me to do.

"and little things as though they were great since I do them in your name."

Sometimes when I think that a task is little, I want to do it by myself.  When is a task little?  Is it when it is really "easy"?  Or is it when it is a "lowly" task, like when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples?  I tend to think the writer meant that we need to be willing to be a servant.  Demonstrating servanthood as a leader is very important, in my opinion.  If something needs to be done, do it, and do not worry about who gets the credit.  Philippians 2:5-7 says, "You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being..."

Whether the task is great or small, we always need God's help.  With a great task, we need His power.  With a little task, we often need His humility.

How about you?  How do you approach the things you do?  Are you relying on the power of God to accomplish what He has called you to do, whether great or little?

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